George Brown 1949 – 2022
We are very sad to hear of the passing of one of our life members, George Brown. Many of our older members will remember George well. He joined the Club in 1971 and navigated for Jim Baillie in many navigational and stage rallies in the 70s.
George, along with Jim Baillie, Eric Tomney and Alistair Reid, organised many navigational rallies including the Cats Eye Rally, the Moonbeam Rally and the longest rally, the Starlight Rally which started in the late evening and ran overnight until breakfast time.
George also served on the Board of Directors at the time the Trossachs Stage Rally was being initiated.
After taking early retirement from Renfrewshire Council, George decided to learn to drive HGVs and gained his Class 1 HGV licence. Along with another Club member, the late Allan Gray, he helped his neighbour in Neilston, who had a truck delivery business, deliver old and new trucks around the country. It was only in the last few years George gave up his HGV licence.
In 2007, George decided to follow his other passion which was railways. He had a large Hornby Dublo three rail model railway which took up most of the dining room along with boxes of additional running gear. However he also liked the real thing so moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog where he bought a small house right beside the Ffestiniog Railway and after few years moved to a larger house with a bit of ground just outside Blaenau. George was a member of the Ffestiniog Railway Society and did a lot of volunteering and organising on running the railway which kept him busy most days.
But he had not lost his passion for cars so contained in the grounds of his house was a large shed which housed a four post car ramp, partially restored Volvo Amazon, taxed road going 1990 Volvo 240 saloon, Indian Tuk-Tuk and a car sized four wheel trailer along with other bits and pieces. He also had the 5th last ever produced Land Rover Defender and a Suzuki Celerio, which he used as his local run about.
We don’t know what happened to George. Local people were trying to contact him about a week ago and could get no response and the police were called, who got a key from a neighbour and found George had passed away in his sleep.
George never married and we are not aware of any close surviving relatives. However, for anyone who knew him, we are all very saddened by his passing.